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Tandragee to host largest Northern Ireland Twelfth parade this year as 18 venues named

Grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson
Grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson
Andrew Madden

By Andrew Madden

The 18 venues for this summer's Twelfth celebrations have been announced.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend, either as participants or spectators.

Co Armagh will once again host the biggest gathering as Orangemen and women from across the county congregate in the village of Tandragee.

The traditional sight and sound of numerous Lambeg drums will add to the festivities.

The longest parade, taking place over six miles, will be held in Belfast, where the route has been revised due to restoration works at the site of the Primark fire.

Alongside Ballymena, Belfast stages a Twelfth demonstration every year.

The Orange Order said it is expecting a large Scottish contingent in Belfast.

Other large demonstrations will take place in Lisnaskea, Pomeroy, Coleraine, Larne and Rathfriland.

Grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson (above) said the significance of Orange traditions will be highlighted by the scale of the parades.

"Surely there is no other event on these islands that can bring such vast numbers of people on to the streets to enjoy our processions, either by taking part or simply to watch them go by," he said.

"It is a custom which has been maintained for over 200 years, passed through generations, and will continue to be upheld for many years to come.

"We continue to welcome an increasing number of international visitors to our celebrations who are keen to experience first-hand the spectacle of the biggest day in the parading calendar.

"High calibre music provided by some of the finest marching bands will only add to the festival atmosphere."

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